Donate a Christmas tree to a military family through Mahoney's

November 22, 2013 03:21 PM

By boston.com

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Troops at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri thank those who participated in the Trees for Troops program. The simple gesture of buying a tree means much more to a military family who faces incredible challenges each day.

Mahoney's Garden Centers is selling Trees for Troops trees to provide Christmas cheer for military families this holiday season.

The trees, which cost $24.50, can be bought in stores, online, or through a hotline at 781-721-4691. Last year, Mahoney's donated 1,500 trees. This year's goal is 2,000, according to marketing manager Natalie Decker.

“The program has become a deeply-rooted holiday tradition for Mahoney’s and the surrounding communities,” Decker said in a press release. “Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, we’re proud to announce that Mahoney’s has become the top contributor of trees in North America and received the Industry Spirit Award this past summer from the Trees for Troops program.”

Customers can add holiday greetings for the families to donate with the trees. The program ends on Dec. 1, when Mahoney's will chop trees from its Nova Scotia farm. The trees will be distributed to troops and families on military bases around the world by the Trees for Troops program and FedEx.

This year, Mahoney's trees will be sent to the east coast, including the Coast Guard Station in Chatham.

Mahoney's has locations in Winchester, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Falmouth, Brighton, Osterville, Concord and Wayland.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at shandana.mufti@globe.com.

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